Aug 25, 2013

Family Outing at the Silliman University Marine Lab (Part 2)

Here are more pictures of marine friends we saw at the Silliman University Marine Laboratory. You may want to go back to Part 1 to see jaw-stoppingly large jaw bones, among others. My husband and I love to bring our kids to educational sites such as zoos, labs, museums and galleries. Probably because these are the places we can readily afford, haha.
Background: We’ve been living for 13 years now in Dumaguete City but it is our first time (yet) to visit the Silliman University Marine Laboratory. It is within the Silliman University School of Marine Sciences (I’m not sure of the name, sorry). Silliman University is a century-old private university founded by Protestant American missionaries. It is one of the oldest and top-performing schools in the Philippines. Now on to the pictures.
puffer fish
These are stuffed puffer fish. Literally stuffed. For the longest time I've been wishing I could have a taste of this fish -- this despite the fact that I’ve heard a lot of stories of people dying from eating this fish. Every summer I hear news of that. Apparently, the meat of puffer fish just tastes so divine that fishermen risk dying just to have a taste. Seriously, though, one should not eat this unless the cook possesses an ancient Filipino skill of removing the poison gland or whatever it is that contains the puffer fish toxin.

giant clam larval tank
Here are the three men in my life looking down on the pond where the larvae of some giant clams were kept. Giant clams are the largest living bivalve molluscs and are actually endangered species. Giant clams are a delicacy in Japan, France and many islands in the Pacific. They also contain aphrodisiac powers. Aha, so that's why they are becoming extinct.

giant clams
I hope you could make out the giant clams. Sorry for the blurry pic. 

starfish
There were several starfishes at the bottom. Here's a separatist one up at the side.

colorful fish
This is a naughty fish, somersaulting and seemingly just making acrobatics in the water. Here he (or she) is upside down this time.

colorful fish
At one point he jumped suddenly that we all shrieked. Maybe he has a hyperactivity disorder or something.

tail of a grouper fish
Then we went to the fish breeding tank where we saw big, colorful fishes merrily swimming around. I was eyeing a most lovely fish in the tank but she was so elusive. Remember, I only have an ordinary point-and-shoot camera and I have the most ordinary photography skills as well, so I had a hard time tracking this beauty. Several minutes of shooting and it got me only this rear view.

colorful grouper fish
But what I seriously lacked in skill and technology, I made up for by sheer persistence. Or maybe this fish took pity on me. After several minutes of aiming and angling, I finally got rewarded with this breathtaking moment. This lovely marine creature strangely passed so closely and so slowly by. I remember holding my breath. And taking this unforgettable shot. 

grouper fish up close

I zoomed in and took another shot. We were almost eye-to-eye. Good fish this is. 

Next up: The world's 2nd largest collection of whale bones. Stay tuned.











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